Giro D’italia 2011
May 9, 2011 by staff
Monday’s stage of the Giro d’Italia was 173 km from Reggio Emilia to the coast in Rapallo. There was only one significant climb today, the Passo del Bocco 957m; the summit came just 40 km from the finish race. Km 150 to 164, however, has a small rise that may serve to throw things down just before the final.
After long period of Sunday, no one seemed ready for an early attack, so it was not until beyond the 30 km mark, when a group of four riders attacked. Pavel Brutt, Bart de Clercq, Ricci Bitti and Brambilla quickly built a lead of six minutes over the peloton. De Clercq, just 34 seconds down on GC Cavendish found himself as the virtual race leader.
After a bit of belt tightening, the gap seemed to settle at around 4 minutes. Saxo Bank, perhaps looking to keep Alberto Contador, ready for promotion, was doing most of the chase.
With 55 kilometers to go, the difference was falling steadily on the climb to Passo del Bocco begun. At the summit, the difference was about one minute. Stefano Garzelli counter and stayed near the front.
During the summit, Brutt and continued to hang Clerq as Liquigas led the peloton by the fall. The platoon was engaged, looking down a little unsure. LEOPARD Wouter; crossing Weylandt went down hard and was unconscious and medical staff came to visit. CPR was required to try to revive him.
The peloton riding and about 14 km remaining, the leaders still had a lead of 20 seconds. The difference was falling rapidly and within a mile, the leaders lost more than half its profit.
At km 12.5, the capture took place. Garmin Lampre and made their way to the front. Petacchi was in the front, as Contador. Cavendish was having problems on the rise.
In the final climb, Fabian Wegmann of Omega Pharma – Lotto team attacked, then passed by a leopard driver crossing. Sky Pilot Team had a Garmin and they’re too. Meanwhile, we are told that a helicopter has been sent to Weylandt that was not responding to CPR.
With about 7 kilometers from the finish, Cavendish is 1’12? Behind the leaders. Paul Lastres, Christophe Le Mevel, Russell Downing, Angel Vicioso, Daniel Moreno and many others continue to lead a squad that is linked.
5 km to go and the leaders still had a gap of 14 seconds on a chase group and more than a minute on the pink jersey.
A 3 km, David Millar is able to successfully save the leaders.
In the final sprint, Angel Vicioso! David Millar Lastras grabbed second and third.
Stage 3 Results Brief:
Position Name Team Time Gap Nat Bono
1 Angel Vicioso Arcos ESP 3:57:38 0:00 Y 20?
GRM MILLAR David GBR 2 3:57:38 0:00 12?
3 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo ESP MOV 3:57:38 0:00 8?
4 Daniel MORENO KAT ESP 3:57:38 0:00
Christophe Le Mevel FRA 5 3:57:38 0:00 GRM
6 Tankink Bram NED RAB 0:12 3:57:50
7 Jerome Pineau QST FRA 3:57:50 0:12
8 MODOLO Sacha COG ITA 3:57:59 0:21
9 TABORRE Fabio ITA ASA 3:57:59 0:21
ALM Montaguti Matteo ITA 10 3:57:59 0:21
General classification after stage 3:
Name of the position of Nat Team Time Gap
1 MILLAR David GBR MRM 10:04:29 0:00
Angel Vicioso Arcos ESP 2 and 0:07 10:04:36
3 SIVTSOV Kanstantsin BLR THR 10:04:38 0:09
4 Marco Pinotti ITA THR 10:04:38 0:09
5 LEWIS Craig USA THR 10:04:38 0:09
Christophe Le Mevel FRA 6 MRM 10:04:41 0:12
Alessandro Petacchi 7 ITA LAM 10:04:42 0:13
8 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo ESP MOV 10:04:47 0:18
Yaroslav UKR POPOVYCH RSH 9 10:04:48 0:19
10 Tiago Machado 10:04:48 RSH BY 0:19
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